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3 December 2016

Reaction from the boss to Saturday's win

ALEX Neil is determined that the Canaries maintain the standards they set in demolishing Brentford 5-0 on Saturday.

City's barren run in the Sky Bet Championship was finally ended with an emphatic win over Dean Smith's beleaguered Bees.

But Neil took a long-term view when speaking to Norwich City TV after the final whistle, saying: "One swallow doesn't make a summer, as they say.

"I just want to make sure this is the beginning of a good run, and we can put that horrendous November to bed. It wasn't a nice time for me or anybody else.

"The one thing with football is that, regardless of what you did last week, it's about what happens the next week. That's the most important thing.

"We showed how good a team we can be, it's now about consistency and doing it regularly, and they are the demands I'll be putting on them."

Strikes from Graham Dorrans, Robbie Brady, Nelson Oliveira and Alex Pritchard, plus an early own goal from John Egan, saw City cruise to victory at Carrow Road.

Neil labelled it his side's best showing of the campaign, adding: "I don't think it was just a case of winning the game.

"I think the manner in which we played, the amount of goals we scored, the fact we kept a cleansheet, I think everything connected with the game really is pretty much exactly what we needed for the fans, for the players.

"I spoke about it on Friday, and I think the players responded extremely well. Without doubt, (it's) the best result of the season.

"And I said to the players afterwards, it’s frustrating for me because I don’t feel as though I’ve been getting the best out of them, but I thought individually and collectively today their performances were excellent."

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